Internet resources for chemistry

Francie Bauer
2019 College & research libraries news  
A compendium o f information from quick facts to 3-D images L ike all information available over the In ternet, chemical information has prolifer ated rapidly. For scientists as well as reference librarians, getting accurate information quickly is critical. Much progress has been made in collecting, building, organizing, and verifying chemical information. Since the Internet is an ongoing, amorphous process, links may change or be temporarily unavailable, but there are many sites to choose from
more » ... ites to choose from now. Yet it is still a "buyer bew are" market. There is much free in formation and many sites will link directly to other sites with still more information, but there is no guarantee that the records or information obtained has been checked, verified, juried, or refereed by peers in the scientific community, which is an important consideration for pro viders of scientific information. Chemical information is of potential use and interest across a wide variety of academic dis ciplines as well as in business, corporate, phar maceutical, and industrial companies. Research ers in anim al science, m olecular biology, chemical engineering, materials science, plant and soil science, botany, biology, zoology, vet erinary science, pharmacology, and medicine can all have need of chemical information. With the current interest and emphasis on protect ing the environment, many businesses and in dustries will also need current, accurate chemi cal information. There are excellent compilations available but the changing nature of the Internet makes it hard to be comprehensive. Care has been taken to mention sites in which an effort has been made to organize, check, and verify data as well as offer it free to the browser. The user should still check for disclaimers w hen using the information without further verification.
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